Biography of Francois Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture


Toussaint L'Ouverture, Francois Dominique. Born in 1743. Son of African slaves on the island of Santo Domingo. He was, in 1796, appointed by the directory chief of the army of San Domingo, and afterwards established his authority throughout the island, which he ruled with justice and vigor. When Napoleon Bonaparte sought to restore slavery in San Domingo (1801), Toussaint resisted, but was forced to surrender, and was sent to France, where he died in prison in 1803.

“The meanest and most contemptible person whom we behold is the offspring of heaven, one of the children of the Most High; and, however unworthily he may behave, so long as God hath not passed on him a final sentence, He will have us acknowledge him as one of His; and, as such, to embrace him with a sincere and cordial affection.”
–Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man